DSEI 2015

Thunderbolt lights up [DSEI15, D2]

16 September 2015

The Oxley Group has designed a new dual-mode landing light for the US Air Force (USAF), which is set to equip the USAF’s A10 Thunderbolt II close support ground attack aircraft.

The new landing light, which leverages advanced light-emitting diode (LED) technology pioneered by Oxley, is the first to offer cockpit control to switch from visible to infrared (for covert operations). Developed jointly by Oxley in Ulverston, Cumbria and in Connecticut, USA, the high-intensity light delivers 200,000 candelas (candle power) and has now completed qualification testing and final flight tests by USAF in the Arizona desert. The A10 Thunderbolt II, which was intended to be phased out but has found a new lease of life due to recent US Air Force operational requirements, will be retrofitted with the new light.

A total of 314 dual-mode lights have been ordered, with manufacturing for delivery now underway.

Oxley has also secured an order worth more than £1 million from General Dynamics European Land Systems, a subcontractor on the programme, to supply ultracompact low-profile dual-mode interior lights and map task lights for the British Army’s new Scout SV armoured fighting vehicle. The total order provides for thousands of lights delivered, including DC Combi LED interior lights (left) and Gooseneck task lights. The space-saving DC Combi LED light provides vital advantages within the confines of an armoured vehicle. Unique in its low-profile design, the Oxley DC Combi delivers white light plus an integrated blackout mode.

Separately, Oxley is launching its new PAR 64 LED sealed beam replacement aircraft landing light (below). Weighing just 983g, the high-intensity (600,000 candelas) PAR 64 is specifically designed as a replacement for Q4559X and Q4559 lamp units and offers much greater reliability than halogen technology, with a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 7,000 hours (airborne rotary winged) and 12,000 hours (airborne uninhabited cargo).

This exceeds the performance of existing technology and reduces both physical waste and maintenance requirements; minimising aircraft on the ground (AOG) time.

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